The story of our store began two years ago with the unexpected death of my cousin Jason. He was an avid reader, a huge fan of Star Wars, loved anything with skulls or skeletons, and spent a lot of his free time making beaded jewelry. From an early age, he was a “rockhound” and would always be looking for a nice stone or rock to add to his collection. He in fact had buckets of rocks, each one with its own story about where he found it. He brought this love of rocks to his bead collection where most of his stone beads are authentic minerals. After his passing, we looked at the twenty-five trays of beads that made up his most prized processions and wondered what to do with them all. So instead of just dropping all the trays off at Goodwill we put together a plan to put his beads to use.
Through our grief, we have been making jewelry for the last two years. We had enough pieces to start our online store at the beginning of this year. The pieces that are in “Jason’s Corner” are made from his beads or include items that he would have loved. This process has given us a place to channel our grief into something better, a way to help us move forward instead of drowning in sorrow.
He never saw himself as living to be an old man, in fact, he was surprised when he lived past 22. As he moved through his mid-forties, I think he resigned himself to the fact that he was getting old. But he was right, being an old man was not in the cards for him and today he would have turned 50. Writing this has been difficult and has brought back all the pain of that day, but instead of giving in to the heartache, I will keep moving forward. I’m going to celebrate his birthday with the people that loved him, eat some ice cream, and make some more jewelry.